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gadfly

Short Definition : animal-biting fly; irritating person

Definition
(noun) a persistently annoying person
Synonyms : blighter cuss pest pesterer
Definition
(noun) any of various large flies that annoy livestock
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gadfly

Think of it as a Badfly or a biting fly who IRRITATES.

In Hindi Gadha(Gad)+Fly

gaddfi, the libian leader , who is most irritating to world

GAD (gand = GAnD) ie ass biting fly naturally ass of animal, and whichever fly bites us irritates us

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Shoo fly, don't bother me!

gaffe

Short Definition : social blunder

Definition
(noun) a socially awkward or tactless act
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gaffe

Disney character Goofy who was always making Blunders.

sounds like internet caffe....there always social blunders in internet caffe

A giraffe is very gaffe since it is very uncoordinated and it's social behavior lacks coordination as well.

gaffe sounds like buffet (meal party) .... you should know the etiquette of eating in a buffet otherwise you might make a gaffe (Social blunder) !

Gaffe rhymes with Gape - open mouth in amazement. If U gape at someone's Galfrnd at party it is social blunder.

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sounds like gadaffi..whose rule in libya is social blonder...

gainsay

Short Definition : deny

Definition
(verb) take exception to
Synonyms : challenge dispute
Example Sentence
  • She challenged his claims
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gainsay

she has (Gain)ed weight but is not (say)ing it which means, she is denying the fact.

A(gain)st-(say)

GAINSAY~ GHANTE SEY...we say ghante sey when we want to deny sumthing..so GAINSAY=GHANTE SEY= DENY

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to "GAIN"(say profit) you have to "SAY" something(challenge something)

Those opposed to dishonest GAIN SAY it is unethical.

u have something to gain by saying lies.

Gai(gay's) say (open speech) is disputed/challenged/not accepted in our society.

SAY a girl puts up or GAINS aa lot of weight.She will be DENIED to follow her usual heavy diet

if a GAY says some thing then it is contradicted by others.

when somebody (gain)s weight they [deny] (say)ing it obviously.

gainsay = a say need gain is always weak commenti.e contradictory.

gait

Short Definition : manner of walking or running; speed

Definition
(noun) the rate of moving (especially walking or running)
Synonyms : pace
Definition
(noun) a horse's manner of moving Definition
(noun) a person's manner of walking
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gait

gait rhymes with weight...person with excess weight has a different manner of walking or running.

Remember gate exams which need a different pace to cope up with.

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Sounds of Gate : imagine moving pace of gate opening relating to rate of movement,followed by footsteps to relate to walking steps

When he entered the gate, evrybdy laughed at his gait.

Sounds like 'gate', if you face a lower gate then your 'gait' differs from normal.

when u entered the institution's GATE your manner of walking should be formal.

On the gate I was watching her sexy gait

galaxy

Short Definition : large isolated system of stars, such as the Milky Way; collection of brilliant personalities

Definition
(noun) a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people) Definition
(noun) tufted evergreen perennial herb having spikes of tiny white flowers and glossy green round to heart-shaped leaves that become coppery to maroon or purplish in fall Definition
(noun) (astronomy) a collection of star systems; any of the billions of systems each having many stars and nebulae and dust
Example Sentence
  • `extragalactic nebula' is a former name for `galaxy'

gale

Short Definition : windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughters, tears); Ex. gale of laughter

Definition
(noun) a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gale

gale -> Chris Gayle( West Indies cricket player) Gayle plays like a storm.

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gali = wind

The weather was so bad that is started to hail and gail.

Imagine that ur music teacher is asking u 2 sing a song ("Gale le beta ek gana gale"). As soon as u start singing, wind storm comes and disturb everything, but still u r singing bcoz u r emotionally outbursted.

gali means air in telugu so violent flow of air is gale

gall

Short Definition : annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation

Definition
(noun) an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle
Synonyms : saddle sore
Definition
(noun) a skin sore caused by chafing Definition
(noun) abnormal swelling of plant tissue caused by insects or microorganisms or injury Definition
(noun) a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will Definition
(noun) a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats
Synonyms : bile
Definition
(noun) the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties Definition
(verb) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Synonyms : chafe fret
Definition
(verb) irritate or vex
Synonyms : irk
Example Sentence
  • It galls me that we lost the suit
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gall

A slap on his 'Gall'(cheek) completely exasperated him.

gall - an organ named gall bladder produces a liquid called bile, which is BITTER

Gallbladder -> GALL. Note that many of the words with roots from body organs mean irritable or anger. Examples: splenetic, spleen, bilious, atrabilious, dyspeptic, livery, gall, and liverish.

Gall(cheeks) >>> when we get a slap on our cheeks we get irritates and annoyed..

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Gall=remember Galls in "Asterix & Obelix" they used to slap the romans ,,, as the Romans always annoyed them :)

galleon

Short Definition : large three-masted sailing ship

Definition
(noun) a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for galleon

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galleon - GALLONS and gallons of goods are transported by means of LARGE SHIPs

Gelileo discoverd telescope.. he sat on a galleon and set out 4 sail when he realized if he culd see distant objects.. so invented telescope

in AOE(age of empires) you upgrade the ships to a galloeon...

Gelileo discoverd telescope.. he sat on a galleon and set out 4 sail when he realized if he culd see distant objects.. so invented telescope! story (continued in galley:next word)

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